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How to Redownload Nintendo Switch eShop Content

In this article, you'll learn how to redownload content from the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Important

  • You can only redownload games using the Nintendo Account that purchased the game. If a specific game or DLC item shows "Purchased" in the Nintendo eShop but you are unable to redownload it, you may find our information on Error Message: “This Software Cannot Be Played. The Nintendo Account Used to Purchase This Software Has Been Unlinked” helpful.

  • These steps will redownload a game and all purchased DLC associated with the game or you can choose to redownload only certain content individually.

Note

  • Games that have been archived (not deleted) will still have an icon on the HOME Menu and can be redownloaded by anyone on the console.

  • Games that have been deleted will not have an icon on the HOME Menu and can only be redownloaded with the Nintendo Account that originally purchased the game.

Complete These Steps:

  • Access the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu and verify whether an icon for the game appears there.

Does the game have an icon on the HOME Menu?

Yes

  1. Select the game’s icon on the HOME Menu

  2. Select Download.

    • The download will begin automatically. You can check the download status on the HOME Menu.

    • If you see an error message that says "The Nintendo Account used to purchase this software has been unlinked," , follow our steps on How to Redownload Individual DLC from the Nintendo Switch eShop..

No

  1. Access the Nintendo eShop with the Nintendo Account that purchased the game.

    • The game can only be re-downloaded by the Nintendo Account that originally purchased the game. 

  2. Select the picture of your icon in the upper-right corner to access your Account Information.

  3. Highlight Redownload on the left side of the screen. A list of titles you’ve purchased will appear.

    • If you can't find the game you want to redownload in the list and you are sure that you have previously downloaded it, please read Software Displays "Purchased" in the Nintendo Switch eShop.

  4. Highlight the game you want to re-download and select the orange icon to begin the download.

    • This will redownload the game and any previously downloaded DLC for the game. If you only wish to redownload the game, hold down the L Button while selecting the orange icon.

  5. The download will begin automatically. You can check the download status on the HOME Menu.

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